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Reviewed By: Carl Nelson [02.06.02]
Manufactured by: Shuttle
Price: TBA (Est. $100)

The Manual

Since ours was a preproduction board, we did not get the same small retail manual with colour covers, but we got a preview copy.  As always, Shuttle offers an excellent manual with everything clearly explained in (mostly) proper English.

One way I judge manuals is how easy it is to install the front panel connections.  Shuttle passes with flying colours here! BIOS settings are also clearly explained, and will tell you if it is a good idea to tweak a certain setting or not, depending on your knowledge in "BIOS Tweaking" :)


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The Final Word
 

Throughout every single benchmark we through at the AV45GT/R, it consistently came out on top! You should start seeing this board in stores any day now, and while an MSRP hasn't been announced just yet, I expect it to be somewhere in the $100-150 range (depending on whether you get the RAID version).

At that price, you simply will not be able to find as solid a board, with such great overclocking features.  The AV45GT/R is certainly a 'no frills' type of board, having no advanced features like dual BIOS chips, diagnostic LEDs, integrated LAN, or any other such retail bait, but for the hardcore user who just wants a good solid board that performs well, and offers a wide variety of tweak settings, you need look no further than the Shuttle AV45GT/R.

Stuff That Kicks Ass

  • Price!

  • No frills, just solid stability, and overclocking features

  • Jumperless overclocking

  • Good manual

  • Onboard 6 channel audio

Stuff That Sucks

  • Poor placement of RAID IDE headers

  • Poor placement of CD AUDIO and AUX headers

  • Awful AGP retention clip (luckily this can be removed)

  • Why use a Thermistor with a CPU that has an on-die thermal diode?

The Ideal Buyer: The hardcore overclocker looking for a solid, stable board with excellent tweaking and overclocking features, but nothing too fancy like LEDs and such.

Final Score: 94% - Recipient of the "I AM HARDCORE" Award!!!

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